Womens Initiative

2014 Facts and Figures Report Released 

Special report shows women are hit especially hard by Alzheimer's and Maine Chapter asks women to share why their brains matter   

The Alzheimer’s Association’s new 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report was released last month. The report is a comprehensive compilation of national statistics and information on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and, this year, includes a special section revealing the unbalanced burden Alzheimer's places on women. According to the report, women have a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer’s, while men have a 1 in 11 chance. As real a concern as breast cancer is to women's health, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer. Not only are 3.2 million women living with Alzheimer’s, women are also at the epicenter of caregiving for someone with the disease. Click here to view the 2014 Facts and Figures video >>

A new Alzheimer's Association women's initiative has launched in conjunction with the report. Realizing the impact Alzheimer's has on women, the Alzheimer's Association is asking them to share their amazing brains in a movement to wipe out the disease. Click here to share why your brain matters and join our movement to be one million women strong >>


Spring Education and Social Engagement Programs Being Offered by the Maine Chapter 

The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter is proud to offer education programs for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, family members, care partners and community members. These programs are offered for free in various locations across the state. Our offerings include the program. "The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease" which provides the basic information that everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us. Participants learn about symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, causes and risk factors, and ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help. Click here to view the April calendar >> Advanced registration is required for all programs. Call 207-772-0115 or email bkirkpatrick@alz.org to register or for more information. 

The Longest DayHonor People Facing Alzheimer's on The Longest Day 

On June 21, the longest day of the year, do what you love from sunrise to sunset while raising awareness and funds for the fight against Alzheimer's. What you do on The Longest Day is up to you! Honor someone with the disease or a caregiver by selecting one of their favorite hobbies. For example, if your grandma loves to cook, you can spend the day preparing her favorite recipes. If you'd like to conquer a physical challenge, you can run, bike, hike or swim. Or, do what you love to recognize this important day, whether it's art, music, card games or crafts.  Honor the strength, passion and endurance of the more than 5 million Americans living with the disease and their 15 million caregivers. Register and start or join a team at alz.org/thelongestday or call 800.272.3900.


Save the Date! Statewide Education Conference 

Hold the date on June 27th for our 2014 statewide educational conference for caregivers, family members, professionals, and people living with dementia. The conference will take place in the Portland area and will feature keynote speaker Teepa Snowe. Teepa is one of America's leading educators on dementia. She led the educational and training efforts as the Educational Director of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for many years and was a major contributor and author of the in-depth hands on training delivered to family members and staff that led to the production of the DVD, Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia, an internationally recognized resource for training and understanding dementia. More details on how to register for your spot at this exciting conference will be released soon! For more information on how your company can reserve a booth please contact Bill Kirkpatrick >>

uscapitol.jpgUse Your Voice to Support Maine Alzheimer's Advocates Traveling to Washington, D.C.

Maine Alzheimer's Ambassadors Cathy Walters of Hollis Center, Deb Johnson of Harrison, Benjamin Smith of Brewer, Courtney Freeman of Portland and other Maine advocates will participate in the 26th Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., April 7-9. They will join nearly a thousand people with the disease, caregivers and fellow advocates from across the nation to engage in the democratic process, share their personal stories and appeal to their members of Congress for action on Alzheimer’s disease. The Advocacy Forum will include educational sessions and updates on Alzheimer’s disease research and legislative efforts. The event culminates as the Ambassadors and advocates from across the nation go to Capitol Hill to meet directly with their legislators. Even though you won't be with them in Washington, D.C., you can support your friends and neighbors in their inspiring efforts by sending an email to your elected officials here >> Your email will tell them you support these advocates and join them in urging Congress to make Alzheimer's disease a priority.

Call 1.800.272.3900 or 1.207.772.0115 for more information regarding the stories featured in this enewsletter, support and services available in your area, or with any questions you may have regarding Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. For dates and locations of upcoming events please visit the Maine Chapter Calendar >>

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About the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter serves the entire State of Maine from its Scarborough office. There are more than 37,000 families in Maine who are affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. alz.org/maine